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Casa Gallo: a Spacious & Beautiful Colonial Home

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Last updated: 12/13/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Granada house description

Casa Gallo is an owner-managed traditional colonial home 5 blocks from the Central Park, in a quiet area of large colonial homes. This 5,330 square foot house (8,500 sq. ft. including gardens) was restored and modernized to serve as a delightful vacation rental home. With a score of 5/5 for twelve TRIPADVISOR reviews Casa Gallo is the number one vacation rental in Granada.

There are three bedrooms (including a 20' x 20' master bedroom with 15' ceilings), 3 bathrooms, dining area, kitchen, bar, a large living room, and a TV/Library room, with all rooms fronting on the large interior courtyard with its beautiful palm trees and garden open to the sky. A beautiful small pool, gazebo with wrought iron table and chairs, and a fountain complete this central area.

A connecting Annex has recently been lovingle restored to make additional bedrooms available--please inquire.

There are two distinct seating areas along the edge of the interior courtyard in addition to the dining area, kitchen, bar, and gazebo seating. The home is furnished in colonial style, with antiques and replicas. Stairs in the rear of the courtyard lead to a second level balcony with panoramic views of Granada rooftops and Mombacho Volcano. A beautiful secure private walled garden of 2,300 square feet with fruit trees, banana trees, bougainvillea and lawn is entered through a large covered patio from a door at the rear of this balcony.

All bedrooms have bathrooms with hot water showers, air conditioners with remote controls, and ceiling fans. Two bedrooms have queen beds and cable TV, the third has twin beds. There is an employee room and bath, a laundry room with washer & dryer, and a garage.

Casa Gallo has two private employees to serve you, José and his wife, Maria-Elena, both native Granadinos. José is the on-site manager, as well as gardener, handyman, and caretaker, who also knows where to buy all the best local food (e.g., nacatamales and vigoron) and is able to remain at night from 6PM to 6AM to provide security if guests are away on a trip, leaving the house empty. José works 9-4 Mon-Fri with an hour off for lunch, and 9-noon on Saturday, but is available 24/7 to handle any and all emergencies that may arise. Maria-Elena works half-days in the morning, cleaning, making beds, and doing the house laundry. She is also an excellent cook who will prepare tasty local dishes (comida typica) for you at a reasonable cost--when we are there we enjoy her food every day: Gallo Pinto, Indio Viejo, Carne Desmenusada, Salpicon, Guiso de Pipian, Costillas de Cerdo, and others too numerous to mention. (Hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza are readily available in town of course, but it would be a shame to come to Granada and not sample the best of its traditional food.) Maria-Elena and José live just around the corner so she can come over to cook dinner, or if you want a smaller amount, José can just bring it over. Count on it: Although their English is rudimentary, José and Maria-Elena will take very good care of you indeed!

Two Movistar cellular phones are available for guests' use--minutes may be purchased locally wherever you see the Movistar sign. A broadband internet connection with WI-FI is installed that also allows you to use SKYPE on your laptop to make long-distance calls. For those who know how set up a VPN connection NetFlix can be streamed to laptops and iPads. A safe box is available in the Master Bedroom for guests' use; the special key requires a deposit that is 100% refundable when it is returned.

For transportation, tours and tourguides José can make arrangements for you after your arrival. For airport transfers just email the owner with your flight and arrival information--the cost payable to the driver is $50 for up to 5 passengers with luggage, using the same driver and vehicle we always use ourselves. We have also used LeoTours on calle la Calzada for boat trips to the islands, visits to Mombacho, etc.:, tel. 8829-4372

Casa Gallo has an automatic standby water system of 1500 liters, and two battery-backed standby electrical systems that provide essential 110 volt power for much of the house in the event of the occasional water and power outages that make life in Granada so interesting.

Rental rates are $175 per night, $1100 per week, and $3750 per month. Casa Gallo sleeps a maximum of 6 including children--sorry, no cribs or cots available. All rentals are charged a $15/day flat utility rate that is substantially less than the average daily electricity cost for Casa Gallo--we make up the difference. A 3-day minimum stay is required, and a 25% deposit that is non-refundable unless the dates you have reserved are subsequently taken by someone else. Balance due in full 30 days before occupancy. No long term rentals, no pets.

Included in every rental at no charge is a welcome offering of a pound of our favorite coffee, a 6-pack of our favorite beer, and a bottle of pretty good white wine (let's face it: any wine better than pretty good just doesn't exist here at any price!).

In his role as manager José will assist you when you arrive at Casa Gallo and take care of any and all house-related problems (and many others as well) that may arise during your stay. He lives just around the block and is available 24/7 to help with any household or personal emergencies.

100% secure payment of deposits and balances can be made by PayPal directly to the owner's email address or by credit card via a Homeaway-approved PayPros invoice sent by the owner at your request. No checks please.

To see a map of Granada showing in red exactly where Casa Gallo is located use the arrow to scroll sideways through the photos to the last one and then tap on it.

Some Guest Book Comments: 2010-2013

-Casa Gallo has been the perfect place for us to stay during our visit. The house is truly a gem to be proud of. We felt like Spanish Royalty for a week. José and Maria Elena are very sweet and easy to talk to even if your Spanish is limited. Thank you, Richard and Trudy for sharing your gorgeous home with us.

-It is like being at home! Thanks to José and Maria Elena, moving around Granada was easy, and eating some nice homemade food with friends was a perfect way to get back in touch with them.

-We truly owe our sincere thanks to José and Maria Elena for guiding us, helping us, and for putting up with our Spanish conversations and charades. Maria Elena's cooking was wonderful. Richard and Trudy, thank you so much for sharing your home with us.

-What a wonderful peace and quiet pervades this amazing oasis that is Casa Gallo. Our stay here has been amazing--Granada is quite wonderful--still for the most part untouched.

-The house is so comfortable and well-appointed, and is a great spot from which to explore Granada.

-We love the ambiance and easy living; after a week we are just as relaxed as can be with not a pain anywhere in our bodies.

-I love it here its sooo awesome, I wish I could stay longer its soooo pretty (age 9)

-José has been extremely kind and showed us all around Granada and Masaya. This place is a jewel.

-We have thoroughly enjoyed our one-week stay. José was most helpful and walked with us to the grocery store when we failed to find it on our own.

-This home is beyond incredible. Pictures and descriptions could never do it justice. Miurell took care of the house impeccably, and José was our guide and “fixer” extraordinaire. I’m sorry we have to leave.

-Great vacation – the house has been wonderful. Miurell and José have been terrific. Spent every afternoon in pool! Hope your visit is as fantastic as ours!

-Vanessa at GPS was so helpful and patient, answering all my questions. Miurell & José were awesome. Casa Gallo was perfect!

-We loved your home, it was comfortable and Miurell was very nice and made our stay feel like home. Casa Gallo is perfect and we will be back—hope it will be soon.

-Casa Gallo in one word? Paradise! We have fallen in love with the house and the area. Many thanks to the wonderful José and Miurell.

-We can't say enough good things about Granada, and especially Casa Gallo, which is in a great location with the walk to the center of town being easy and safe. José and Miurell were absolutely wonderful.

-Casa Gallo was a wonderful retreat! After a long day of travelling...Casa Gallo was like a little piece of paradise.

-As we entered Casa Gallo...we were awed by the majestic beauty inside...much better than any hotel we have ever stayed in.

-We had a fantastic time in Nicaragua...Casa Gallo is amazing! José and Miurell are wonderful and will take great care of you.

-We spent the month of July in Nicaragua and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Casa Gallo was indeed a highlight...the staff, José and Miurell, were exceptionally gracious.

-Thank you for letting us stay and enjoy your beautiful met every expectation!

-What a fabulous place--we thoroughly enjoyed our week here in Granada!

-Casa Gallo is fabulous and in a great was large and luxurious...we walked into town almost every day.


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 5330 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Included
          • Staff


          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            Ramp entry via garage....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Splendid upper-level balcony with entrance to large private walled garden containing grass and fruit trees. Husband-and-wife team provide on-site management, housekeeping, caretaking, as well as delicious home-cooked meals on request....moreless


              • Books:

                Usual assortment of books left behind--some of them actually quite good....moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Stereo:

                Unit accepts CDs, has iPod connection, can play mp3 files on laptop...moreless

              • Television:

                3 TV sets...moreless

              • Video Library


              • Museums
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries

              Leisure Activities

              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing

              Location Type

                  • Mountain View

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Hiking


                      • Dining
                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people


                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Garage
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                      • Mobile Phone:

                        2 Movistar cell phones...moreless

                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                      • Catering Available
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio
                      • Gazebo:

                        Cafe table and 4 chairs...moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden
                      • Outdoor Grill

                      Payment Type

                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa

                      Pool / Spa

                          • Private Pool:

                            Not visible from any property anywhere....moreless

                          House Cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Included


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                              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                              High season
                              Dec 1 - Jan 3, 2015
                              3 night min stay
                              $1,250 $4,000
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                              • Taxes Not included

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                              Last updated: 12/13/2014
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                              Casa Gallo is located across the ravine bridge one block north of Calle Santa Lucia and 1/2 block west of the corner of Calle Atravesada and the Ixchen Clinic for Women. Just tell the taxi driver 'Calle Atravesada, de Ixchen media cuadra al oeste'


                              Manager info

                              Year Purchased: 2010

                              About: Richard is a retired physician and Trudy a retired administrator and an author of a Nicaraguan cookbook and a book on Medical Spanish. They are based in Chicago and spend the summers in Montana and the winters in Granada.

                              Why Granada:
                              Trudy was born and raised in Granada until her teens, when she moved to the U.S. She and Richard have visited Granada often over the years and were enormously pleased to find a beautiful old colonial home available not far from Trudy's old neighborhood.

                              The Unique Benefits at this House:
                              Owner-managed rather than managed by an impersonal property service, with a local husband and wife management team who live just around the block and are eager to serve your every need, including home-made meals on request; traditional take-out dishes (nacatamales, vigoron, fritanga) available only a block or two away; morning coffee on the balcony overlooking Granada and Volcan Mombacho; Calle la Calzada, a pedestrian mall a few blocks away with great food, bars, and music; taking a horse-drawn coach to the outstanding traditional market about 6 blocks away, offering every imaginable regional specialty and numerous small eating-places for sampling a variety of home-made dishes; two fully-stocked modern American-owned supermarkets only 3-4 blocks away. Attention Bird-Lovers! Both gardens of Casa Gallo--and especially the giant tamarind tree in the secret Garden--are home to many different kinds of birds. Many others can bee seen in the sky above. The following is a partial list of the ones I have positively identified: Blue-grey tanager, Tropical kingbird, Rufous-necked wren, Mexican jay (blue), Scissortail flycatcher, Great-tailed grackle (aka Zanate), Rough-winged Swallow, Turkey vulture (soaring only!), Mourning dove,and last but not least, the beautiful little Ruddy ground dove.

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                              • Fountain, garden

                                Fountain, garden

                              • Full kitchen, bar w/4 stools, dining area  to the right

                                Full kitchen, bar w/4 stools, dining area to the right

                              • Twin bed bedroom with bathroom, ceiling fan, a/c

                                Twin bed bedroom with bathroom, ceiling fan, a/c

                              • Rocker seating area (traditional) interior courtyard

                                Rocker seating area (traditional) interior courtyard

                              • Office, antique furniture, fan, internet connection.

                                Office, antique furniture, fan, internet connection.

                              • Blue bedroom, queen, ensuite, fan & a/c, garden

                                Blue bedroom, queen, ensuite, fan & a/c, garden

                              • Secret Garden-1

                                Secret Garden-1

                              • Volcan Mombacho viewed from the balcony

                                Volcan Mombacho viewed from the balcony

                              • Our neighbors across the street, celebrating.

                                Our neighbors across the street, celebrating.

                              • Woman with squash, Masaya mercado

                                Woman with squash, Masaya mercado

                              • Brass group-Laguna de Apoyo

                                Brass group-Laguna de Apoyo

                              • Central garden with pool, gazebo and fountain

                                Central garden with pool, gazebo and fountain

                              • Balcoony (mirador) with view of Mombacho Volcano

                                Balcoony (mirador) with view of Mombacho Volcano

                              • Bedroom 20' x 20') w/queen, cable tv, closets, ceiling fan, a/c, bathroom

                                Bedroom 20' x 20') w/queen, cable tv, closets, ceiling fan, a/c, bathroom

                              • Fountain, Gazebo, Pool, and Mirador to the rear

                                Fountain, Gazebo, Pool, and Mirador to the rear

                              • TV room, w/dvd player, fan & a/c

                                TV room, w/dvd player, fan & a/c

                              • Wicker seating area, dining area, kitchen bar, kitchen (4 ceiling fans)

                                Wicker seating area, dining area, kitchen bar, kitchen (4 ceiling fans)

                              • Entrance to The Secret Garden from mirador (balcony)

                                Entrance to The Secret Garden from mirador (balcony)

                              • Secret Garden-2

                                Secret Garden-2

                              • Sunset from balcony

                                Sunset from balcony

                              • Girl in green doorway, Granada mercado

                                Girl in green doorway, Granada mercado

                              • Girl in red cap-calle la Calzada

                                Girl in red cap-calle la Calzada

                              • GRANADA MAP - CASA GALLO AT TOP

                                GRANADA MAP - CASA GALLO AT TOP

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                              Date last modified - Saturday, December 13, 2014

                              $225 per night (USD)

                              3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                              Sleeps 6

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                              Minimum stay: 3 nights
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                              Speaks: english, spanish
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